March 27th, 2016
Yomiuri Giants 3
Last 5: (WL) LLL Streak: Lost 3
(Big Rotten Egg)
A lackluster inning from Akiyoshi allowed our orange hosts to squeak by, sweeping the Birds to start the 2016 campaign.
|W: Mathieson (1-0-0)
L: Akiyoshi (0-1-0)
S: Sawamura (0-0-2)
|1||Araki (LF)||1||Chono (RF)|
|2||Kawabata (3B)||2||Tateoka (CF)|
|3||Yamada (2B)||3||Sakamoto (SS)|
|4||Hatakeyama (1B)||4||(Imposter) Garrett (1B)|
|5||Yuhei (RF)||5||Cruz (2B)|
|6||Sakaguchi (CF)||6||Nakai (LF)|
|7||Ohbiki (SS)||7||Murata (3B)|
|8||Nakamura (C)||8||Kobayashi (C)|
|9||Hara (P)||9||Taguchi (C)|
|RP||Lueke, Akiyoshi, Sugiura||RP||Yamaguchi, Mathieson, Sawamura|
Bottom of the third, two outs. Sakamoto doubled to left. Hara then walked Garrett on four straight pitches. Cruz then drove Sakamoto in on a hard liner to left. 1-0 Yomiuri.
(If this “Garrett” usurper doesn’t get himself benched soon, it’s going to be a long season for me.)
Top of the sixth. Taguchi tried to work Yamada low and outside, but no dice. Yamada drove a shuuto into the leftfield bleachers for a solo home run, his first round-tripper of the year. 1-1.
Top of the eighth. Yamada drew a walk, then nabbed second on a wild pitch. Hatake hit an RBI single to deep right, giving the Swallows their first lead of the season. 2-1 Tokyo.
Bottom of the eighth. Akiyoshi took the mound for Tokyo and gave up a single to Sakamoto followed by Garrett homer. (See what I mean? That bastard.) 3-1 Yomiuri, Final.
Friends, by virtue of your reading this site, we here at the Tsubamegun know you are a solid, upstanding citizen with strong values earned through hard work and consistently doing the right thing. Like us, you have probably had moments of worry that success might change the greater Swallows community. We have sinned, if only in our hearts, by lamenting the loss of ample outfield seating space that has accompanied victory n Tokyo. We have sniffed at those who didn’t stick around through the lean years, but showed up to join in with the oendan cheers of which we were not fond. Maybe we got haughty.
Getting swept at Yomiuri is the baseball equivalent of being forced to go spelunking in a sewer, then having it cave in on you. But perhaps this tribulation to start the season is like Passover or Ash Wednesday – we just to be reminded of our former suffering in order to move forward, winning all the damned time, but without turning into those we have always so justly opposed.
The Swallows’ first home stand starts Tuesday night, when the Tigers come to town.